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Sweet Soul Music: 1975

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The final volume of Bear Family's Sweet Soul Music covers 1975 and it could easily be subtitled "the triumph of disco." Opening with Labelle's "Lady Marmalade," a high-octane disco revision of the Meters' New Orleans funk, the disc covers all kinds of soul acts going disco, whether it's the Miracles boogying with their "Love Machine" or Ben E. King singing "Supernatural Thing." No matter how fiery it is, the Isley Brothers' "Fight the Power" also reflects like a glitter ball, as does Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster"; by sticking to his tight, sexy Hi groove, Al Green starts to seem a little out of date, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The final volume of Bear Family's Sweet Soul Music covers 1975 and it could easily be subtitled "the triumph of disco." Opening with Labelle's "Lady Marmalade," a high-octane disco revision of the Meters' New Orleans funk, the disc covers all kinds of soul acts going disco, whether it's the Miracles boogying with their "Love Machine" or Ben E. King singing "Supernatural Thing." No matter how fiery it is, the Isley Brothers' "Fight the Power" also reflects like a glitter ball, as does Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster"; by sticking to his tight, sexy Hi groove, Al Green starts to seem a little out of date, as does Tyrone Davis. Although there are some other older stars here who ride with the times (the O'Jays, for instance) and the Blackbyrds conjure the smooth soul harmonies of Philly, they amount to echoes from another era that get overshadowed by the debut of the Trammps ("Hold Back the Night"), the Sylvers ("Boogie Fever"), Tavares ("It Only Takes a Minute), and Van McCoy ("The Hustle"), all acts that capture the zeitgeist of 1975. Emphasizing this shift from funk and smooth soul to disco is why this is such a satisfying and necessary conclusion to Bear Family's exceptional Sweet Soul Music series. Disco is thriving but soul hasn't disappeared completely, it still occupied a big portion of the charts but in the late '70s and '80s, soul either moved to the Southern circuits or became quiet storm, two niches that found their own dedicated audience. Here, those sounds are in their nascent stages, sharing space with the last remnants of deep soul and the full flower of disco, and the results are an effectively wonderful coda to the golden age of soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102168857
  • Catalog Number: 2425178
  • Sales rank: 96,261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lady Marmalade - Labelle (3:20)
  2. 2 Supernatural Thing, Pt. 1 - Ben E. King (4:11)
  3. 3 Walking in Rhythm - The Blackbyrds (2:55)
  4. 4 Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris (3:48)
  5. 5 Rockin' Chair - Gwen McCrae (3:20)
  6. 6 Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire (2:52)
  7. 7 Shackin' Up - Barbara Mason (4:21)
  8. 8 Give the People What They Want - The O'Jays (4:12)
  9. 9 The Hustle - Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony (3:29)
  10. 10 Keep the Home Fire Burnin' - Latimore (3:19)
  11. 11 Slippery When Wet - The Commodores (3:17)
  12. 12 This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole (2:51)
  13. 13 Fight the Power, Pt. 1 - The Isley Brothers (3:20)
  14. 14 How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick On the Side) - The Pointer Sisters (4:45)
  15. 15 Do It Any Way You Wanna - People's Choice (3:18)
  16. 16 It Only Takes a Minute - Tavares (3:16)
  17. 17 Loving Arms - Millie Jackson (3:45)
  18. 18 Full of Fire - Al Green (5:15)
  19. 19 Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players (2:55)
  20. 20 Love Machine, Pt. 1 - The Miracles (3:00)
  21. 21 Sweet Thing - Chaka Khan (3:22)
  22. 22 Hold Back the Night - The Trammps (3:19)
  23. 23 Turning Point - Tyrone Davis (4:26)
  24. 24 Boogie Fever - The Sylvers (3:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Al Green Composer
Gwen Guthrie Composer
Chuck Jackson Composer
Maurice White Composer
Steve Alaimo Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer
June Pointer Composer
Chris Jasper Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Kenny Nolan Composer
Anita Pointer Composer
Tom Jans Composer
Jackie Avery Composer
Billy Beck Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
Chaka Khan Composer
Larry Dunn Composer
Bobby Eli Composer
Allan Felder Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leo Graham Composer
Norman Harris Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Benny Latimore Composer
Tony Maiden Composer
Mervin Pierce Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Walter Orange Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Barney Perry Composer
Ruth Pointer Composer
Brian Potter Composer
David Rubinson Composer
James "Diamond" Williams Composer
Marvin Yancy Composer
Earl Young Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Thomas McClary Composer
Clarence Reid Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell Composer
Ron Baker Composer
Dave Booth Reissue Producer, Tape Research
William Griffin Composer
Vinnie Barrett Composer
Willie Clarke Composer
Keni St. Lewis Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Pat Grant Composer
Ralph Middlebrooks Composer
Phillip Bailey Composer
Wolfgang Manns Mastering
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